For more than 160 years, the YMCA has nurtured potential and united communities across America to create lasting, meaningful change. Everything the Y does is in service of building a better us. One of the most effective ways to accomplish this is to teach youth, teens, and adults to swim, so they can stay safe around water and learn the skills they need to make swimming a lifelong pursuit for staying healthy.
Our Y swim instructors are nationally certified. Their training includes CPR, AED, First Aid and Oxygen Administration. Swim lessons provide important life skills that could save a life and will benefit students for a lifetime.
All ages - from infants to seniors - can learn to swim at the Y. What age group does the student fall into? What swim stage is the student ready for? The specific days and times of our classes can be found when you register on-line or by reviewing our Program Guide.
Have questions? Call the Y or speak with anyone in our Aquatics Department or on our Member Services Team. For a full listing of our swim lesson class options, days and times – please visit our Home Page and review our Program Guide.
Swim Lesson Finder
Answer the questions below to find the swim lesson that fits.
Free swim lesson assessments are available to determine the appropriate swim lesson stage for each student. Discuss what level is appropriate with anyone in our Aquatics Department, or register for the Stage that is most appropriate for the swimmer’s abilities and our trained staff will place students in the correct Stage during the first lesson.
Suit Up For a Holiday Swim
Let’s Keep Swimming
Need something to do over the holiday break? Why not keep the kids swimming and strengthening their skills. During the holiday break, we will be running a 4 day swim clinic. There will be a morning session and an afternoon session; 30 minute lessons each day. For more information please contact member services P 203 878 6501 or stop in to our facility.
FEE: Member: $50/Program Participant: $60
WHEN: December 26 – December 29
Session1: 10:00-10:30, 10:30-11:00, 11:00-11:30, and 11:30-12:00
Session 2: 4:00-4:30, 4:30-5:00, 5:00-5:30, 5:30-6:00
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Lifeguard Certification and Re Certification Courses
The Woodruff Family YMCA will be running a Lifeguard re-certification class and a full certification class.
WHEN: October 28 – 29
TIME: 8:00am – 5:00pm
FEE: $175/members $275/program participant
WHEN: November 11, 17-19
TIME: Saturday November 11, 2:30pm-4:30pm, Friday November 17 4:30pm-6:30pm, Saturday/Sunday, 8:00am-5:00pm
FEE: $275/members $375/program participant
Adapted Aquatics – Special Needs Swimming Lessons
Student to instructor ratio is 1:1
This program is open to all individuals with cognitive and/ or physical disabilities and is designed to provide a positive recreational and educational experience for participants. Existing YMCA Swim Lesson Programs will be adapted to meet individual needs. This program is for all levels of swimmers. An adult may accompany in the water if needed.
Contact the Y for more details P 203 878 6501
Private and Semi-Private Swim Lessons
AGES: 3 and up
One-on-one swim lessons with a trained swim instructor are available for Y Family Facility Members. Each 30-minute session is scheduled between the instructor and the participant.
Aquatic Physical Therapy
Our Aquatic Center is host to local Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy groups who use our facility several days a week. Contact the Aquatics Department for more information P 203 878 6501
Lap Swimming Etiquette
LAP SWIMMING ETIQUETTE
- Swimmers are encouraged to contribute to an atmosphere of cooperation and courtesy.
- Always enter from the shallow end.
- A maximum of five swimmers are permitted in each lane during lap swimming.
- Please swim with others of similar speed. Lifeguards will move swimmers to the appropriate lane when necessary.
- Always let swimmers in your lane know when you are entering the water.
- Always circle swim counter-clockwise when three or more swimmers are in a lane.
- Fins and/or kickboards are not permitted during circle swim.
- Allow faster swimmers to pass. Passing always occurs on the left of the swimmer or at the end walls.
- Do not stand at the ends of the pool for an extended period of time.
- Teens age fourteen and older may participate in lap swimming.
Y Aquatic Safety Guidelines
Our lifeguards are here to ensure your safety and have the authority to restrict any behavior deemed unsafe. Y members and guests must follow all safety guidelines or may be asked to leave the pool area.
- State health codes require all persons to shower with warm water and soap before entering the swimming pool.
- Wear appropriate swimming attire in the water at all times. T-shirts, shorts, cut-offs and street clothing are not appropriate.
- A parent/guardian, at least eighteen (18) years of age, who is a Y member, must accompany any child five (5) years of age and younger in the water at all times. Parents/guardians, of children seven (7) years of age and younger who have passed the swim test must remain on the pool deck. All swimmers eight (8) years of age and older who have passed the swim test may use the pool on their own.
- Any non-swimmer must have an adult accompany them in the water and be within arm’s reach.
- Children who are not potty trained should wear two layers of accident protection, a waterproof swim diaper and a bathing suit, at all times while in the swimming pool. For privacy and sanitary reasons, please refrain from changing children on the swimming pool deck.
- If you have a communicable or infectious disease or an open sore, please do not enter the swimming pool area.
- Spitting and nose blowing in the pool, pool areas and locker rooms are not permitted.
- For everyone’s safety, the swimming pool will be closed during lightning and thunderstorms and will not reopen until thirty (30) minutes after the last occurrence of either.
- Walk, do not run, to avoid injury.
- Pushing, dunking and rough play are not permitted.
- For your safety, diving is only permitted in water at least nine (9) feet in depth. Do not perform back-flips, back-dives, twists or any other type of flip that may cause injury to yourself or others.
- Extended breath holding activities may cause blackouts and are strictly prohibited.
- United States Coast Guard approved Personal Flotation Devices can be used in the shallow end of the pool. They should be properly sized and in good condition. Persons wearing the device must be accompanied by adult in the water within arm’s reach.
- Y equipment is for Y programs only. Starting and diving blocks are not for public use. Inflatable pool toys and flotation devices are not permitted.
- Glass containers, food, and gum are not allowed on the swimming pool deck.
- Please do not sit, play, hang or lie on the lane lines.
- Before entering the deep end of the swimming pool, all swimmers must complete the swim test including an unassisted 25-yard non-stop swim and a thirty (30) second tread which will be recorded in our log. The lifeguard may administer a swim test at any time.
- Stop, look and listen when you hear the lifeguard’s whistle blow.
- Have fun, be safe and keep your language and behavior family friendly.